ONLINE BEAT BUYING

In the past, buying used to be a lot more complicated than it is now.  Then, you’d have to book a studio session with a producer and have him come and show you some of his beats. Lucky for all artists, the internet came to the rescue. Now, all you need is your laptop with an internet connection and your card. All the hustle and bustle of the tedious process is no longer there.  Your biggest struggle now is just to get the necessary knowledge and some of right tips and tricks to get you started.

Article to help you!

This article gives a detailed instruction guide on how to buy beats online and what you need to know. The information here is directly tailored for any and all artists who are: 1. Getting into music and are planning to take it seriously 2. Have some experience in music and want to take your music to the next step 3. Looking to make the move from use of tagged beats to buying beats 4. At the point in your music where you need to start licensing beats. If any of these descriptors describe your current situation then this article is surely for you. At the end of it, you will have all the information and tips you’ll need to embark on the journey of buying beats online. Before we get into the business of buying beats, let me take you back to what free beats are and what it is you are trying to move away from.  What are these free beats?

Free Beats:

In the music industry, the term “free” beats entirely depend on what the beat maker clarifies it means.

 

Free beats are categorized by:

  • Producer tags that play every 30 seconds or so.
  • Beats in your possession without a license agreement from the producer.

Use of free beats Really, there is not much you can do with free beats; well, nothing commercial or profitable. Most people tend to use free beats in order to:

  • Test it out before purchasing
  • Record vocals and test if the vocal keys match the key of the beat.
  • Record a demo for feedback purposes before purchasing a license for the beat.

Some, but definitely not all producers allow artists to upload tracks created with their free beats on their social media platforms. However, these producers have total control over the uploaded material, if they want it taken down you have to comply. The statutory damages of copyright infringement are not a joke. So instead of playing with fire, get into the business of buying beats.    

License Agreement

When you buy a beat, you are purchasing material copyrighted by the relevant producer. With this purchase comes certain leeway and rights the producer grants you over the beat. This is what is called a License Agreement.

There are two major licenses, namely:

A. Non-Exclusive Beat Licenses (Leases) Non-Exclusive licenses grant specific user rights on the beat purchased for recording lyrics and vocals on it. Note that this doesn’t mean that you exclusively own the beats. The producer still retains all copyright ownership. All this means is that the producer keeps the right to license the beat to whomever they want until they get a buyer who wants to purchase exclusive rights. 1. Copyright Issues So, once you purchase a non-exclusive license and record your vocals on it, do you have a level of copyright rights on it? Well, yes and no! In this case, all you have done is created derivative work. So basically, you have copyright over the lyrics, but not on the beat you have recorded since the music copyright still belongs to the producer.  2. Publishing Rights With a non-exclusive license, you get 0% of the publishing rights.   B. Exclusive Beat Licensing Owning exclusive rights to a beat basically means you can master your song without limits user rights. With this type of license, you can actually make money commercially, globally. Your range of exploiting the master is vast without any limitations. More so, beat licensing is now a non-issue because you will now own the exclusive rights to the song you created using the beats. 1. Copyright Issues & Publishing Rights The issue of copyright sharing in exclusive beat licensing has been a major controversial topic of discussion amongst producers. They differ in how they define ‘exclusive’ rights. However, most negotiate for a fair 50/50 split of publishing rights and maximize the song’s potential. Most terms are negotiable between the artists and the producer.   C. Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive Major Difference The biggest difference between the two is that non-exclusive licenses for one beat can be sold to numerous artists but exclusive licenses are only sold once to an individual artist. What works best? If you are looking to get serious about the beats and have the potential to make it a hit, then Exclusive licenses are your best bet. However, if you are a young artist coming up working on your mixtape or first album, then it does not make sense to spend all that money on exclusive rights. A non-exclusive license will adequately help you in building a fan base and getting your music heard.

How does purchasing beats online work?

Online producers mostly offer 3 different licensing options:

 

1. Basic Leases These partially professional licenses are suitable for platforms like Mixtapes and YouTube Video Uploads. T With a basic lease, you get to enjoy: ✅ Untagged MP3 ✅ Untagged WAV ✅ 100,000 Audio Streams ✅ Max 100,000 Video Streams ✅ Non-Profit Performances ✅ Sell 5,000 copies ✅ Use for max. 1 Music Videos This type of lease typically works out for upcoming artists.              
2. Premium Leases This lease is used as a professional license for an album or single releases, music videos and live shows. Artists are provided with: ✅ Untagged MP3 ✅ Untagged WAV ✅ Tracked Out Files ✅ Max 500,000 Audio Streams ✅ Max 500,000 Video Streams ✅ Non-Profit Performances ✅ Sell 10,000 copies ✅ Use for max. 1 Music Videos ✅ Radio/TV Airplay on 2 stations If you are an artist whose name is hitting the airwaves and becoming more and more serious in your music, premium leases will give you the push and support you need.  
3. Unlimited Leases Such a lease enables you to upload to streaming platforms like Spotify and iTunes and you can sell your track limitlessly. Benefits and provisions include: ✅ Untagged MP3 ✅ Untagged WAV ✅ Tracked Out Files ✅ Unlimited Audio Streams ✅ Unlimited Video Streams ✅ Paid performances ✅ Non-profit performances ✅ Sell unlimited copies ✅ Use of max. 1 Music Video ✅ Unlimited Radio and TV Airplay With these leases, the more expensive it is the more rights and benefits you get from the producer.  On top of that, the more expensive your lease or license is, the better the quality of the audio file.      

The Purchasing Process

1. Finds Beats You Like This is the first and most obvious step in beat buying. You need to find a beat that inspires you and gets your creative juices flowing. Depending on how picky you are, your beat selection process can be either a long or short process. Some of the best platforms you can use for finding music producers and beats are:

  • YouTube
  • SoundCloud
  • Our Beat Store
  • Beatstars

2. Explore Producers’ Pricing The next step is to look at and compare producers’ pricing. Your budget will help determine which beats to purchase and which ones to pass. Although prices vary, most beats prices range from $20 – $100 for typical beats and $500+ for exclusive ones.   3. Look and Understand Their Terms Most producers selling beats online have similar terms and conditions in their contracts. Nonetheless, it’s important to do your due diligence and understand the fine print. Most of these contracts discuss the set amount of units you are allowed to sell, the crediting of producers on the song, and a couple of other things. With higher priced beats, some sections of the contract that tend to make your success with the beat a bit hard. So be careful. Note: When purchasing cheaper beats, you don’t always get a contract a to sign but this doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want. In these cases, make sure you come through the terms and agreements of your purchase.   4. Write To The Beat Before Purchasing Sometimes, just because you have found an amazing beat, it doesn’t mean that you can write to it.  It is highly recommended for artists to try writing to the beat before buying it. Don’t let the fear of losing the beat tie you down. Most producers use similar beats per minute (the speed of the beat) and patterns, so you are guaranteed to find the best beat for you.   5. Purchase The Beat At this juncture, you have scoped the market, found the beat that you really like, compared and decided on the price, wrote your lyrics, and are now ready to make it official. Now that beats are being sold online, it is fairly easy to find and buy beats from producers. Other than looking for how to buy beats from producers’ profiles, you can try looking for some of their stuff on these platforms:

  • Soundclick.com
  • BeatStars.com
  • Airbit.com

Tips for Buying Beats Online

Lucky for you, we have curated a list of the best tips and tricks for buying beats online. If you put these tricks into practice we guarantee you that you will be able to purchase the beats you need at superb price rates.

Special Discounts

Sometimes beat prices can be very expensive, so just like you’d bargain hunt if you were shopping at an outlet mall, prowl the web for discounts that will give you the best beats and lesser prices. Most producers have discounts; however, they are typically only exclusive to the people on their mailing list. So, all you will need to do is visit their pages and sign up for the latest news and info concerning discounts and the like. Once you are on their mailing list, whenever they have new releases you’ll be among the first to know and will consequently get the beats at a discounted price.

Pinpoint the producers who make beats that match or complement your style and genre of music. Not only will you get first dibs on their newest releases at discounted prices, but you will also be kept up to date with their work.  You won’t have to go through the hustle and bustle of searching for the new stuff because it will be delivered directly to you.

Do your research and find the crème de la crème of producers online

We strongly recommend going through producer bios and ratings on thirty party websites. Even though producers typically have their own websites, these third party websites act as producer hubs. Some of the reputable third-party websites are Beatbrokerz.com, Soundclick.com, Beatbrokerkz.com, and of course Beatstars.com.

These websites portray the beat portfolio of producers with the best reputations. This way, you will easily get access to great beats online from reputable and revered producers. It also enables you to skim out the greats from the scams.

Majority of these websites provide lists of their top-ranked and top-selling producers. These lists help cut short your producer hunting time in half.

Only use trusted and verified websites

Choosing trusted websites is the Holy Grail tip when it comes to buying beats online. Working with trusted websites ensures that you are dealing with a legit business party. You are assured of not getting ripped off.

You can identify verified websites by looking for statements like ‘PayPal Verified’ or ‘BBB Certification’ indicated on the website.

However, we can’t ignore the fact that anyone can copy and paste an image from the internet and plaster in on their website. So just to be sure, if you have any doubts contact the producer with whatever verification questions you may have. Or you can simply carry out a google search on the specific producer or the website. This way you will get to see what people are saying about them and their beat buying process. If the comments are positive, then you are good to go.

Get value for your money

By now, you have gone through the article and have a fair understanding of the difference between exclusive rights and non-exclusive rights from leases. Do not cough up ridiculously high amounts of cash for leases.  If you are buying exclusive rights, then high prices are expected and understandable. For leases with non-exclusive rights, the expected range should be around $10-$30 dollars per beat. For exclusive rights, on the other hand, you’d b be working with figures ranging between $300-$5,000 going up!

No matter, the type of rights you are looking to purchase shop around and compare prices before you settle down.

Only buy professionally mixed beats

If you are going to use your hard earned money then you need to make sure that the quality of your beat is top notch. The aspects in question include the instrument selection, arrangement, and use of tools like equalizers, volume faders and pan nobs that ensure that the music is evenly balanced and arranged.

If fall victim to a poorly mixed beat, there is only so much a mixing engineer can do. If you bring him a poorly mixed beat all he will be able to do is give you a polished poorly mixed song.

So how do know if the track and beat have been properly mixed?

Simple, you can carry out either of these two tests:

  1.  Load a beat you know has been professionally mixed, an example would be a typical beat off YouTube. Play both beats at the same time, add volume and compare the quality of both beats. Go back and forth a couple of times listening carefully, at the end of it all you will be able to identify the discrepancies between the quality of both.
  2.  Alternatively, play both beats on really low keeping them at the same volume. Like on the mainstream beat, nothing should really stick out at this point. Therefore, if you notice anything sticking out then this a sign that everything has not been balanced adequately.

Be on the lookout for samples

If you are not careful, samples can really turn out to be a big pain for you. If you are leasing beats for promotional purposes such as mixtapes and demos, then this will not be such a big issue for you.

However, if you are buying exclusive rights, then this can be a huge detractor. You need to know, beyond any reasonable doubt that your beat does not contain any samples.

Simply explained, samples are audio clips borrowed from other recordings or songs. If and when your record becomes a huge hit, the presence of the sample might have you at a crossroad with the owners of the sampled music. You don’t want to end up in a music battle that you were unwillingly signed up for. Just be on the safe side and comb through the beat looking for samples before you buy them.

Again, remember that this tip mostly affects artists looking for exclusive rights who are going to use the beats for commercial use.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Is buying beats online safe?

Most producers use a Beat Store Provider to sell their beats online. This is why most of their websites all look the same. These platforms have stellar reputations for representing producers and their music. The deliver instant delivery upon payment and checkout

If you want to check and confirm a producer’s affiliation with these platforms, you can simply search for them by name in the search engine. If they are not on these platforms you can simply reach out to the producer themselves with any queries and concerns.

What is my next step if one of my songs produced on a leased bit becomes a hit?

If you work well within your payment and benefits agreement then you will not be fined or penalized for being a success. Instead, what will happen is you will need to talk and negotiated a deal with the producer.

If he still holds the exclusive rights to the beat then you will need to come up with a payment agreement for you to upgrade and buy the exclusive rights to beat. However, if they do not wish to sell their rights, then you will either have to agree on a deal that hashes out sharing and distribution of the profits you make or, unfortunately, take down the track if that is their wish.

If I buy a non-exclusive license for a beat, use it then after a while someone buys the exclusive rights for the same beat, what am I supposed to do?

When you buy beats online, you are guaranteed to enjoy the rights that you received and agreed on upon payment of the beat. Therefore, when someone buys the exclusive rights it will not immediately affect you.

Nowadays, producers sell licenses that are valid for about 2-4 years. This means that once your license expires after this term you can renew and buy another license for the beat.

So in a case where someone buys the exclusive rights to the beat during your term, all it would mean is that you will not be able to renew your license after your term. All this and more is usually explained in the full terms and agreement when you are buying the beat.

ATTENTION!

Recently, some producers tend to install new terms into their license agreements. It’s mostly a term that gives the producer all the power to end your term before your license agreement expires. In return, they will have to pay you triple or double of what you initially paid for the beat. Don’t fret, because more often than not this does not end up being a problem for you. That is unless your song becomes a huge success. 

If you handle your business correctly the possibility of these scenarios becoming catastrophic are rare, so happy shopping!

   

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